47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

47 Sacks of Coke: A Charter Pilot's Run-In with Venezuelan Drug Lords

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2014

It started as a routine charter flight. But when the business jet landed in Venezuela, armed men loaded 47 sacks of cocaine on board and forced the crew to fly the cargo back across the Atlantic. Since then, the German pilot has been living under an assumed identity. By Arndt Ginzel, Martin Kraushaar and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

Teeth and Bones: Mass Abduction Reveals a Decaying Mexican State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2014

Most murders don't even make the front page in Mexico anymore. But the recent abduction of 43 students has infuriated the country. The story has exposed the tight relationship between politics, law enforcement and organized crime. And it shows how weak the state has become. By Marian Blasberg and Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]

Germany's New Right: The Unholy Alliance of Neo-Nazis and Football Hooligans

Germany's New Right: The Unholy Alliance of Neo-Nazis and Football Hooligans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2014

The riots in Cologne at the end of October show there is a new danger on Germany's extremist right. Neo-Nazis and football hooligans have teamed up to go after Islamist Salafists. Many are wondering why officials didn't recognize the development sooner. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'We'll Get You': An Albanian Boy's Life Ruined by Blood Feuds

'We'll Get You': An Albanian Boy's Life Ruined by Blood Feuds

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2014

Blood feuds still exist in Albania and those involved have to live a life in hiding. They include people like Leonard Qukaj, who has left his home only rarely in the last four years for fear of being murdered by a rival clan -- or by his own uncle. By Katrin Kuntz and Maria Feck (photos) in Shkoder, Albania more... Comment ]

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

Shot in Missoula: The Tragic Death of a German Exchange Student

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2014

Diren D., a German high school student from Hamburg, wanted to get a taste of American freedom during an exchange year abroad. Instead, he ended up dead. Are American gun laws to blame? By Karin Assmann, Marc Hujer, Fidelius Schmid and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

The Mafia's Deadly Garbage: Italy's Growing Toxic Waste Scandal

The Mafia's Deadly Garbage: Italy's Growing Toxic Waste Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2014

For decades, the Mafia has been dumping toxic waste illegally in the region north of Naples. Recently declassified testimony shows that leading politicians have known about the problem for years, yet done nothing about it -- even as the death toll climbs. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Tabloid Espionage: Trial Exposes Darkest Corners of British Press

Tabloid Espionage: Trial Exposes Darkest Corners of British Press

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

Former editors with newspaper News of the World are currently on trial in London, where they are accused of spying on private phone conversations for years. The unfolding testimony against close associates of publisher Rupert Murdoch shows just how far the British tabloid press has been willing to go for a scoop. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

German Murder: Alleged Cannibal Ran Hotel With Grilling Area

German Murder: Alleged Cannibal Ran Hotel With Grilling Area

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

New information about an alleged case of cannibalism in Germany suggests the suspect was immersed in the online fetish world, and had discussed a similar act with another willing potential victim. He ran a bed and breakfast which advertised its grilling facilities. more...

Hooked on Tagging: When Graffiti Becomes a Dangerous Addiction

Hooked on Tagging: When Graffiti Becomes a Dangerous Addiction

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Two young Hamburg graffiti artists recently suffered serious accidents in the space of just four days. Both sustained very severe injuries, a typical outcome in a risk-taking subculture in which some have paid for their passion with their lives. By Bruno Schrep more... Comment ]

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

Jailhouse Chic: Investors Remake Germany's Disused Prisons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

As inmate numbers in Germany steadily decline, some states are selling off unneeded correctional facilities to private investors. The result is a new brand of high-end apartments, hotels and event centers housed in renovated former prisons. By Stephan Degenhardt more... Comment ]